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Findings from the Whitewater Committee's year-long investigation are to be made public tomorrow. They conclude that Hillary Rodham Clinton likely had a role in limiting the inquiry into White House Lawyer Vincent Foster's death to hide potentially embarrassing information, The Washington Post reported. The document are to be released one day after the start of a new Little Rock trial where President Clinton has again been asked to testify.
The FBI gathered evidence at the Jordan, Mont., ranch that housed the "freemen" for 81 days. Fourteen of 16 antigovernment group members who surrendered are jailed in Billings. Seven of the members are charged with involvement in a $1.8 million check fraud scheme allegedly run from the ranch. Two are also charged with threatening to kidnap and murder a federal judge. Seven others are accused of assisting federal fugitives to avoid arrest.
The House passed a $254.3 billion Pentagon spending bill for fiscal 1997. And the Senate approved a $1.62 trillion Republican spending plan.
Presidential hopeful Bob Dole is gaining on President Clinton in the race for the presidency, a new round of polls shows. A Time-CNN survey shows Clinton with a 6 percent lead, which narrows the gap by 16 points from a similar survey a month earlier. A US News and World Report survey found the presidential candidates 13 points apart. In a separate poll by the same magazine, 67 percent of those surveyed said a political leader could have substantial "personal character" flaws but still govern effectively.
The mother of a white man being held in the burning of a predominantly black church in Enid, Okla., said her son was mentally retarded and incapable of committing such an act alone. She said he couldn't have made the incendiary device used to ignite the building without assistance. Police say they don't think the fire was racially motivated.
Theodore Kaczynski is expected to be indicted tomorrow in the Unabomber case in Sacramento, Calif., a federal source said. Two people were killed there by package bombs blamed on the Unabomber.
The Senate opened debate on the long-delayed confirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan to a third four-year term. A vote is scheduled for Thursday. The nomination had been blocked by Sen. Tom Harkin (D) of Iowa, who believes the Fed has been unnecessarily dampening economic growth.
The level of harm caused by female genital mutilation "can constitute persecution," the Board of Immigration Appeals ruled upon granting asylum to a Fauziya Kasinga of Togo. The precedent-setting decision went beyond the recommendations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Kasinga said she feared the traditional practice if sent back to her homeland.
A San Francisco appeals court followed a Clinton administration lead and axed timber sales in areas of the Pacific Northwest where the threatened Marbled murrelet live. The ruling is expected to save about 4,000 acres of ancient Douglas firs and Western hemlocks in coastal Oregon and Washington.
A majority of Arizonans believe Gov. Fife Symington should resign following his indictment on criminal charges, according to a poll by The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette. Nearly six out of 10 Arizonans surveyed said he should step down. Symington claims he innocent of the 23-count federal grand jury indictment, which includes fraud and attempted extortion.
An estimated 40,000 people flocked to the American Booksellers Association convention in Chicago. Attendees considered trends in religious publishing and how to best use the World Wide Web to market and sell books. Ross Perot and Sen. Paul Simon (D) of Illinois used the show to launch "The Dollar Crisis: A Blueprint to Help Rebuild the American Dream," which highlights problems with current US economic policies.
The US and China worked against the clock on the final day of talks aimed at averting a trade war over copyright piracy. A compromise deal appeared to be emerging less than 24 hours before today's deadline, a source said. But "substantial additional progress is going to have to be made," acting US trade representative Charlene Barshefsky said. The US has threatened to impose punitive tariffs on about $2 billion in Chinese goods, and China said it will retaliate in kind.
Turnout was lower than expected, as Russians voted in crucial presidential elections in what is widely perceived to be a contest between President Yeltsin and Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov. Preliminary results are expected tonight, but analysts anticipate a run-off between the two men in July.